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Senior Jake Disterhaupt and the UND defense pitched a second-half shutout and only surrendered 89 yards of offense to the high-flying Eagles attack.
EWU outlasts UND on Senior Day
Release: 11/11/2017
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EWU 21, UND 14

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017  •  
Grand Forks, N.D. • Alerus Center
Attendance: 8,247

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
EWU 7 14 0 0 21
North Dakota 7 0 0 7 14
Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: McPherson (EWU): 8 carries, 118 yards
 • Passing: Studsrud (UND): 22-for-40, 261 yards, 0 TDs
 • Receiving: Carr (UND): 8 catches, 117 yards
 • Defense: Sendelbach (EWU): 10 tackles, 6 solo; Haas (UND): 9 tackles, 4 solo 
Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
UND 08:08 Studsrud 7-yard run (Taubenheim kick)
EWU 04:46 Limu-Jones 2-yard pass from McPherson (Alcobendas kick)
 Second Quarter
EWU 08:29 McPherson 14-yard pass (Alcobendas kick)
EWU 00:00 Barriere 1-yard run (Alcobendas kick)
 Third Quarter
 Fourth Quarter
UND 04:37 Studsrud 2-yard pass (Taubenheim kick)
Statistical Comparison
 First Downs 20 22
 Total Offensive Yards 376 366
 Rushing Attempts-Yards 50-244 31-103
 Passing 24-14-0 41-23-1
 Passing Yards 132 263
 Penalties-Yards 5-42 2-20
 Turnovers 0 2
 Punts-Avg. 7-52.7 6-41.2
 Punt Returns-Avg. 3-3.7 2-8.5
 Kick Returns-Avg. 2-23.5 3-18.7
 3rd-Down Conversions 6-17 5-14
 4th-Down Conversions 1-1 1-3
 Time of Possession 30:21 29:39
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senior Day heroics had become the norm of late at the Alerus Center, but in the 2017 edition No. 19/21 Eastern Washington prevented those by clipping North Dakota 21-14 Saturday. The Eagles (6-4, 5-2, BSC) kept their FCS playoff and Big Sky title hopes alive, while bringing an injury-riddled season for the Fighting Hawks (3-8, 2-6 BSC) to an end.

"Another disappointing result today for our team," UND head coach Bubba Schwiegert said. "When you get into these situations, it is hard to know what to say, but when it comes down to it, we just didn’t make enough plays to win the game."

"I thought we played better defense the second half, which we did. We gave ourselves some opportunities and the costly turnovers hurt us. As we look at the game and as we look at the season, it’s kind of really what we’ve been battling (all year)."

The Fighting Hawks trailed 21-7 at the break in a matchup of the 2016 Big Sky Co-champions, but would not give up any more points in their quest to send out their 22-man senior class with a victory in what was the program's final game as a league member. 

UND scored the only second-half points after quarterback Keaton Studsrud caught the first touchdown pass of his career from wide receiver Noah Wanzek. Studsrud's reception came from two yards after Wanzek came around the right end on a reverse with 4:47 to play.

EWU punter Jordan Dascalo had a tremendous day, averaging 52.7 yards per punt and his final effort went 67 yards and pinned the UND offense back on its own 3-yard line. After netting a first down on the opening play of the drive, the Fighting Hawks came up empty on their next four plays as the Eagles hung on for the important victory.

UND had threatened multipe times to draw closer before that closing stretch, but came up empty after the Eagles forced the only two turnovers of the game.

The first came after wide receiver Stetson Carr tried to provide some of those heroics in his final collegiate game, but as he was stretching for a touchdown after an 11-yard reception, Nzuzi Webster knocked ball loose a half-yard shy of the goalline and the Eagles scooped up the loose ball to keep their advantage at 14.

After racking up 289 yards of total offense behind redshirt freshman Eric Barriere, who was making his first career start for suspended All-American Gage Gubrud, the Eagles managed just 87 yards in the second half.

UND forced the Eagles' fourth punt of the second half following Carr's fumble, but Studsrud went for the home run ball on first down and safety Josh Lewis came down with the interception.

EWU would be forced to punt again and this time Studsrud and company would find paydirt as he capped the 13-play, 73-yard drive by being on the receiving end of a scoring pass for the first time after delivering 36 of those in his career.

Carr finished the contest with a career-high in receptions (8) and yardage (117), while eclipsing the century mark for the first time in his career. Wanzek added six grabs for 59 yards and Travis Toivonen also added six for 75 allowing Studsrud to equal his career-high with 22 completions.

UND opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run bymidway through the opening quarter, but those would be the only points of the opening half for the home team.

EWU would score 21 unanswered points before the half, including getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Barriere as time expired on a 4th-and-goal.

The Eagles also got a touchdown pass and touchdown reception from running back Sam McPherson in the opening half. McPherson racked up 155 all-purpose yards, including 118 on the ground and his two-yard scoring toss opened the scoring for the visitors. He would leave the game with an injury after a 55-yard scamper that set his team up for its final score of the half.

UND's defensive saved its best defensive half of the season for the final 30 minutes and sophomore Ray Haas was a big part of that, finishing with a career-high nine tackles. Junior Austin Cieslak also had a career-day, totalling eight tackles in the contest.

The Eagles only managed to hold a 376-366 edge in total offense after coming into the game averaging 460.0 ypg. UND had trouble getting the ground game going and rushed for just 103  yards on 31 carries.

This was the final game of the season for the Fighting Hawks, whose bye week was scheduled for week No. 12 of the season.

GAME NOTES: Permanent captains for the season are seniors Jake DisterhauptCole Reyes and Keaton Studsrud along with junior John Santiago … Eastern Washington improved to 4-0 all-time against UND in the first meeting between the teams since the 2014 season ... UND had won six-straight Senior Day contests and six of the team's past seven have been decided by seven points or less ... Studsrud, who made his first career start against the Eagles that season as a true freshman, would equal his career-high with 22 completions on a career-high 40 attempts ... He passed for 261 yards, caught his first collegiate touchdown and scored his 12th career rushing touchdown in his final game for the Fighting Hawks ... Studsrud and 21 other current and former seniors were honored in a special pre-game ceremony ... Disterhaupt registered a sack in his final game to give him nine for his career ... With 115 all-purpose yards, Santiago ended his three-year Big Sky career 10th on the league's all-time charts with 5,539 total yards ... Senior Stetson Carr established career-highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (117), while eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career ... His previous career-high in catches was three ... Sophomore Ray Haas (9) and junior Austin Cieslak (8) both registered career-highs in tackles ... Redshirt freshman Jordan Canady blocked a third-quarter field goal attempt by the Eagles, giving UND its second blocked kick of the season ... Senior nose guard Nick Schmitz made his first career start and finished with two tackles.  

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